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The Crystal Stair
by Steve Lazarowitz

Friday, June 20, 2003

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Is there a place where truth and beauty are more important than greed and image? And if you could go to that place, what would you learn there?

While wan'dring through my life one day
I chanced upon a crystal stair
Up it rose into the sky
But barely did I see it there

I turned around and walked away
And swore I'd come another day
And climb upon the crystal stair
When I see the way more clear

But days did pass and still did I
Avoid the stair that'd caught my eye
And finally when a year had passed
I searched again, returned at last

The steps were much more clear that day
So I embarked without delay
Not noticing that passersby
Did not perceive the steps on high

I climbed the marvel rapidly
Before it might decide to flee
But as I marched the way grew bright
And far ahead a torch shed light

Now I saw my fantasies
Women, men, birds and trees
Come to life before my eyes
But they were glass to my surprise

Now a dancer, now a snake
A thousand patterns did they make
A fish, a dove, a rainbow tree
A unicorn prancing regally

Now the torch more vividly
Did light the way for me to see
Amidst the dancing waves of light
I saw a much more lovely sight

Within this world of glassy things
A minstrel sits and waits and sings
And as he plays his harp of gold
More crystal visions do unfold

His fingers played across the strings
Creating all those wondrous things
But within this realm of fantasy
The man is all there is that's free

And still did I watch wantingly
For so did I wish to be free
But freedom always has a price
And golden coins seem just as nice

But where the torch had lit the way
And led me to this place that day
I wished to choose as best I can
So slowly I approached the man

He wears a smile on his face
His lyrics hold a type of grace
His fingers play so soft, yet loud
And from them flows a crystal cloud

I heard the word, at last did I
Know where I was, and how and why
Amidst the crystals in the skies
Away from Earth and all its lies

And for that song did I return
Beneath the stair, where I did learn
The stair is always there to see
If you search most earnestly

Now I have resumed my life
No longer hurt by petty strife
The singer's words, oh how they burn
Until the day of my return

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Reviewed by Seth Mullins (Reader) 5/20/2005
An apt way to evoke the thrill of transcendence and the sobering crash-land back to earth. Well done.
Reviewed by Jack Roberts 5/12/2004
Fantastic!! I wish I wrote it too!!!!!!!!!

Reviewed by A PAX 5/9/2004
my highest compliment to you..........
wish I wrote this........pax.........A
Reviewed by Patricia Gomes 6/20/2003
Reviewed by Elizabeth Taylor (Reader) 6/20/2003
Ah, many miss that particular stairway. Well done. I like the analogy.
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